THE NUTCRACKER opens Thursday at Music Hall

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Ballet unveils new accessible $25 SOLO tickets 

CINCINNATI, OH (November 23, 2022) – Cincinnati Ballet’s The Nutcracker returns to Music Hall December 15 through 24. Starting today, patrons can score great single seats for just $25. If you don’t mind sitting alone or away from your party, it’s a affordable way to enjoy the holiday tradition for a steal!  Many of the singles are located in the orchestra section, including Premium seats that sell for as much as $169. Forty-eight hours before each performance, single seats will be available for $25. Either head online to or call the box office at 513-621-5282 and use promo code SOLO at checkout. The code can be used up to two hours before each show The Company expects to shatter attendance records, projecting more than 26,000 patrons over the course of the production run. The lavish production features elaborate sets and costumes and live musical accompaniment of Tchaikovsky’s beloved score by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, with choreography from Victoria Morgan. More than one hundred children’s roles are featured in the production, with young performers from across the region dancing alongside Cincinnati Ballet’s professional company dancers. The Nutcracker is a classic holiday tale that follows the imaginative story of Clara, a little girl who embarks on a dreamy journey after she receives a nutcracker as a gift on Christmas Eve. With her Nutcracker Prince, Clara travels through the Land of Sweets, meeting colorful and exciting characters along the way. Morgan’s whimsical choreographic take on the classic story is like nothing you have ever seen before. Fiona the Hippo continues to appear in the production. This year, audiences should play close attention to the second act for a special nod to her new baby brother, Fritz.

Victoria Morgan’s The Nutcracker premiered in 2011 with new sets by scenic designer John Ezell, bright and beautiful costumes by Carrie Robbins, lighting by Trad A Burns and athletic, engaging choreography by Victoria Morgan. Morgan’s rendition of the classical ballet is filled with unique, contemporary twists on longstanding traditions: from the bright, whimsical sets, stage effects and acrobatics to the appearance of new, playful characters such as Clara’s companion, a pet poodle named Minnie, dancing Cupcakes, tumbling Snowballs, an ensemble of poodles performing the Dance of the Mirlitons (or “Lollipups”) and more.

Masking is optional for performances.


WHO:  Cincinnati Ballet | Choreography: Victoria Morgan | Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

WHAT: The Nutcracker


  • Thursday, December 15 – 7:30 pm
  • Friday, December 16 – 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, December 17 – 2:00 pm
  • Saturday, December 17 – 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, December 18 – 1:00 pm
  • Sunday, December 18 – 6:30 pm
  • Tuesday, December 20 – 7:30 pm
  • Wednesday, December 21 – 2:00 pm
  • Wednesday, December 21 – 7:30 pm
  • Thursday, December 22 – 2:00 pm
  • Thursday, December 22– 7:30 pm
  • Friday, December 23 – 1:00 pm
  • Friday, December 23 – 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, December 24 – 6:30 pm

WHERE: Music Hall | 1241 Elm St. | Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Cincinnati Ballet 2022-2023 Season Sponsors:
Rhonda & Larry A. Sheakley, Margaret and Michael Valentine, ArtsWave, Mercy Health, Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund, Ohio Arts Council, The Austin E. Knowlton Foundation

About Cincinnati Ballet
Since 1963, Cincinnati Ballet has been the cornerstone professional ballet company of the region, presenting a bold and adventurous array of classical, full-length ballets and contemporary works, regularly with live orchestral accompaniment. Under the artistic direction of Jodie Gates, Cincinnati Ballet is a creative force within the larger dance community, commissioning world-premiere works and exploring unique collaborations. With a mission to enrich, expand, and excel in the art of dance through performance, a high-caliber academy, and impactful education and community engagement in local to global communities, Cincinnati Ballet reaches beyond the stage in programs that allow every person in the region to be part of the continued evolution of dance. To that end, Cincinnati Ballet presents exhilarating performances, provides extensive education and community engagement programs, and offers top-level professional ballet training at Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy.


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